Waukesha parade tragedy enabled by liberal DAs' bail reform efforts, critics argue

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Waukesha parade horror made possible by left-wing district attorneys' attempts at bail reform, critics say
Attempts at criminal bail reform that put violent offenders like Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. out on the street at low or no cost is endangering communities around the country, according to experts on criminal justice and law enforcement.

Police in cities including Milwaukee, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are facing understaffing and low morale — in part due to such policies, according to Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant and spokeswoman for the National Police Association.

"These extremely liberal prosecutors who want to talk about restorative justice, and what that means is … we are putting the public in danger by trying to give these people too many opportunities to re-offend," she said. "It's incredibly frustrating for law enforcement, and it's just absolutely dangerous for our communities."

Smith pointed to Milwaukee County prosecutors’ decision earlier this month to request just $1,000 bail for Brooks, who had a violent criminal history stretching back to 1999 and an active warrant for jumping bail on a sex crime charge in Nevada.

The NPA spokeswoman acknowledged that high bail for minor and nonviolent offenses is unfair, but Brooks’ history is extreme: multiple firearms and battery convictions, strangulation, sex offenses, and drug charges on a 50-page rap sheet that spans three states. 

Mike Padden, a Minnesota-based defense attorney who also practices in Wisconsin, called the fact that Brooks had been freed just three weeks ago "pitiful." CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY

In other developments:
- Waukesha parade attack victim, 11, makes her family laugh despite injuries: 'Just glue me back together'
- Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks facing 5 counts of 1st-degree intentional homicide, held on $5M bail
- Waukesha locals furious after learning Christmas parade suspect was out on $1,000 bail
- Dog the Bounty Hunter rips bail reform: 'People are dying'
- Waukesha Christmas parade attack witnesses praise first responders

Trump meets with Rittenhouse, shares details – and offers his take on trial during ‘Hannity’ appearance
Former President Donald Trump commented on the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse Tuesday on "Hannity" after meeting with the teen in Mar-A-Lago. 

Trump said Rittenhouse was subjected to "prosecutorial misconduct." 

"[Rittenhouse] should not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead if he didn't pull that trigger that guy that put the gun to his head in one-quarter of a second he was going to pull the trigger. Kyle would have been dead," Trump said. 

Donald Trump on Hannity: comments after meeting with Kyle Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, during the August 2020 protests and riots in Kenosha that erupted after police shot Jacob Blake, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. The third person Rittenhouse shot, Gaige Grosskreutz, survived and testified during the trial. 

"He's a really good young guy … just left Mar-a-Lago a little while ago," Trump said about Rittenhouse, "and he should never have been put through that. That was prosecutorial misconduct, and it's happening all over the United States right now with the Democrats."

The media's coverage of the trial has come under fire for getting facts distorted – including the falsehood that Rittenhouse brought a rifle across state lines. Some outlets have corrected their reporting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
- False media reporting that Rittenhouse transported rifle 'across state lines' leads to corrections, mockery
- Psaki refuses to retract Biden's characterizations of Kyle Rittenhouse as White supremacist
- Kyle Rittenhouse rips prosecutor: 'Wanted to make a name for himself'
- Trump slams Biden administration for inflation, price increases: 'Nonsense'
- Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers
- LeBron, NBA comment on Rittenhouse trial, fall silent on missing Chinese tennis star

Gabby Petito’s family attorney hints at charges against ‘additional individuals’
Gabby Petito’s family attorney floated the notion that "additional individuals" could face charges in connection with her strangling death in Wyoming more than two months ago.

It came shortly after authorities revealed the cause of death of Brian Laundrie, her former fiancé and the only person of interest in her slaying. He shot himself in the head in a swampy nature preserve near his parents’ Florida home roughly two weeks after driving cross-country to get there in Petito’s van.

"The Schmidt and Petito family has been aware of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the sole suspect in Gabby’s murder," attorney Richard Stafford said in a statement Tuesday, referring to Petito’s parents and stepparents. "Gabby’s family will not be making a statement at this time due to the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office."

Following a nationwide manhunt, authorities found Laundrie's remains near where his parents led investigators in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port. A month later, the results of a forensic anthropologist’s autopsy found that Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Observers have long wondered whether federal or local authorities planned to bring any charges against the parents after their son came home alone from an interstate road trip with Petito and the family made no public comment about her whereabouts.

"The family was asked to not comment and let the FBI continue their investigation and allow the United States Attorney’s Office make a determination on whether any additional individuals will be charged," Stafford said. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
- Brian Laundrie update: Family surrendered guns to law enforcement on Sept. 17 -- but one was missing
- Brian Laundrie autopsy: Forensic anthropologist says fugitive died of suicide
- Ohio Army National Guard specialist goes missing, didn't report back to unit last month
- Former St. Louis cop sentenced to year and a day in beating of undercover colleague during protest

- CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC ignore NYT bombshell report on Hunter Biden's business deal with Chinese company
- In wake of recent lootings, the left is calling the term racist
- Actor confirms exit over show's vaccine mandate: It's 'about personal freedom'
- Texas governor takes big step toward his reelection
- No 'Group of Five' team has ever been ranked in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff poll ... until now
- SEE PICS: 50-year-old woman gives birth to first child: 'We dreamed of her'

- Biden expected to nominate Shalanda Young for budget director
- DOJ asks court to allow OSHA vaccine mandate
- Biden Energy Secretary stumped when asked about US daily oil consumption
- Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial
- Nordstrom warns of supply shortages as holiday season approaches
- Oil reserves released by Biden expected to primarily go to China, India


Fox News contributor Karl Rove on Tuesday night accused the Biden administration of taking "fake action" to fix gas prices.

The former key adviser to President George W. Bush made the claim on "Fox News Primetime."

"The gas prices are up 61% since the time that [Biden] took office. Part of it is because of the overhang of the pandemic. But the other part of it is the anti-energy actions that this administration has taken; putting a halt on new leasing, taking ANWR off the table, ... saying they're going to have new taxes and regulations," Rove said. "This whole thing is a kabuki – it is a fake action to try and look like they're doing something about it."

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